Sheffield’s big plans for Coronation of King Charles III announced

Sheffield Council has revealed plans for a two-day celebration of King Charles’ Coronation, where people can enjoy events in the heart of the city.

The Peace Gardens will have live music, acts and a big screen to watch the action over the Bank Holiday weekend, and will be decorated in red, white and blue.

The Lord Mayor’s Coronation Party will take place on Saturday 6 May and the King’s Concert and laser light show will be shown live from Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May.

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council said: “The King’s Coronation will be a fantastic two-day celebration in Sheffield, where everyone can bring their picnic blankets and watch the action live from a big screen.

“For many, this will be a once in a lifetime occurrence, so we want to put on a big show. I always love to see crowds gathering, celebrating together and having fun, and this is exactly what this weekend will be about – celebration.

A staged area will be the focal point of the weekend, with live musical performances such as brass bands and swing bands, playing a range of genres of music to appeal to all ages.

The Department of Media, Sport and Culture said it has made more than £1m available for the screens showing the coronation across the country.

They have also relaxed road closure rules over the weekend to encourage residents to host street parties. Guidance has been offered.

Alongside this, Sheffield City Council have allocated £5,000 to each Local Area Committee to help fund community celebrations.

Coun Fox added: “There’s the Coronation Big Lunch on 7 May where communities can come together to celebrate and on 8 May is the Big Help Out, encouraging everyone to get involved with volunteering – we will be supporting communities to celebrate all three of these events.”

There are also plans for a series of events commemorating the life of Queen Elizabeth II such as an exhibition in the Winter Gardens of the books of condolence and a tree planting ceremony.

Written by Ethan Parris

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